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Cucumis stivus (Cucumber) x Phaseolus vulgaris (French Beans)

Cucumis stivus (Cucumber) x Phaseolus vulgaris (French Beans)

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Cucumis sativus, common name cucumber, is a widely-cultivated creeping vine plant in the Cucurbitaceae gourd family. Its fruits are pendulous pepos that are used as vegetables. There are three main varieties of cucumbers — slicing, pickling and burpless/seedless. Cucumis sativus is a creeping vine that roots in the ground and grows up, wrapping itself around supporting frames with thin, spiralling tendrils. Cultivated for 3,000 years, it originated from India and was possibly introduced to parts of Europe by the Greeks or Romans — Emperor Tiberius is known to have consumed it daily. The fruit varies in size and colour with a juicy yellowish flesh and flat oval seeds. The fruit is used in salads or pickled, and the young shoots are eaten raw or steamed in Southeast Asia. A 100-gram serving of raw Cucmis sativus is 95% water and contains 16% of the daily value for vitamin K. The seed produces a salad oil not dissimilar to olive oil. Medicinally, it has a number of applications including as a poultice for burns and sores and as a diuretic and emollient.

Phaseolus vulgaris, known as common bean and French bean, in the family Fabaceae or Leguminosae, is a herbaceous annual plant whose pods can grow to 60 centimetres tall. A bushy, erect plant whose climbing vines can reach up to 5 metres in length, it bears slender long edible pods that can be green red, purple, yellow or black. Domesticated in Mesoamerica first, it travelled south, possibly with squash and maize, the three Mesoamerican crops that constitute the ‘three sisters’ key to native North and Central American agriculture. Phaseolus vulgaris is grown worldwide for its edible dry seeds or unripe fruit, both commonly called beans. A highly variable species, it is frequently found in Asian cuisines, mainly steamed and fried. Medicinally, it is used as a diuretic, emollient and in the treatment of diabetes, diarrhoea and dysentery among other ailments. It is the main grain legume for human consumption, and a rich source of protein, vitamins, minerals and fibre, especially for the poorer populations of Africa and Latin America.



100% Cotton based, 320g, Acid-free, No optical brighteners. 

Printed Area
A3, 297mm x 420mm – Approximately 207mm x 342mm

About the Collection

The Garden of Miss Joaquim Collection: Illustrated Botanical Prints

Agnes Joaquim was a Singapore-born Armenian who created what would become Singapore’s National Flower, the Vanda Miss Joaquim (scientific name: Papilionanthe Miss Joaquim), in 1893. The artificial hybrid was recognised by the first director of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, botanist Henry Ridley.

Agnes, the first woman in the world to create a hybrid orchid, was a well-known and successful horticulturist, garnering 70 horticultural awards from 1881 to 1899. The Garden of Miss Joaquim Collection of botanical prints commemorates her horticultural legacy and complements her story told in the book Agnes and Her Amazing Orchid.

In presenting Agnes’s award-winning plants in the illustrated collection, we looked at the newspaper records of the times, but they were of no use because they used common name descriptions of the plants, such as ‘rose’ and ‘durian’. So we turned to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and collaborated with a botanist to identify the likely species. To complete Agnes’s story, the collection includes two additional images: of Vanda Miss Joaquim’s parents, Papilionanthe teres (pod parent) and Papilionanthe hookeriana (pollen parent) — formerly in the genus Vanda — both of which may have been present in her award-winning floral bouquets or cut flowers. Waiwai Hove, a talented and respected botanical illustrator, was chosen to produce the prints.

*Disclaimer: Representative only based on subject. Not species definitive.
About the Illustrator

Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Waiwai Hove developed a love for nature from a young age. Growing up surrounded by rich tropical flora and nurtured by her mother, a keen gardener, Waiwai has always held a special place for plants in her childhood memories. She holds a diploma in botanical illustration from the Society of Botanical Artists (UK), graduating in 2013 with a distinction and the highest marks in the history of the course. 

She has since worked for the Singapore Botanic Gardens, where highlights include illustrations for ‘30 Heritage Trees’ and more recently ‘15 Gingers’. Four of Waiwai’s ginger paintings were subsequently used for a series of stamps issued by Singapore Post in 2018. Since 2019, Waiwai has begun working on the cover illustrations of 14 volumes of The Flora of Singapore, to be published over the next few years. Her works are in numerous private collections and can also be found in publications by the National Parks Board and in the Shirley Sherwood Collection in Kew Gardens, UK.